D.C.-area counties divided over decisions to close school


Montgomery County Public Schools is adding a day to the end of its school year after calling off schools due to weather Wednesday.

“We were seeing in northern and western parts of the county that roads were freezing over, sidewalks had sheets of ice,” said MCPS spokesperson Gboyinde Onijala on the decision to call off school Wednesday.

It was the third snow day of the school year in Montgomery County, which only built in two extra snow days to its calendar this year.

The snow day pushed the last day of classes to June 13 instead of June 12.

An executive order from Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan required school systems to begin classes after Labor Day and end by June 15.

Although neighboring Frederick County still managed to build in four extra days to its calendar, Montgomery County only built in two extra days in light of the order. After calling off school on Wednesday as well, Frederick County has now used two snow days.

Washington County didn’t directly build in any extra days to its calendar, so after calling off school for the second time Wednesday its public school system extended its last day to June 12.

In Virginia, schools are allowed to determine how many days students have to be in class differently, so all the school systems there who called off school Wednesday still have plenty of days left.

Fairfax County has called off school four times so far, Loudoun five times, and Prince William four.

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